Session Chairs Session topics

Keynote speakers

 Keynote Title
Peter Hauser
University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland
Portable and purpose-made devices Claudimir Lucio do Lago
Institute of Chemistry, University of São Paulo,  Brasil
A few contributions to the development of capillary electrophoresis systems
Alexander Ivanov
Northeastern University College of Science,
Boston, USA
Comprehensive omics Jarrod Marto
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
and Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA
Adventures in Multidimensional Fractionation for Quantitative Proteomics
Hervé Cottet
University of Montpellier, Montpellier, France
Yannis Francois
University of Strasbourg, Strasbourg, France
Electrodriven separations - AFSEP Session  
Davy Guillarme
University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland
Biopharmaceuticals Koen Sandra
Research Institute for Chromatography,
Kortrijk, Belgium
In-depth characterization of biopharmaceuticals using micropillar array columns combined with mass spectrometry
Zhengjin Jiang
Jinan University, Ganghzou, China
Bioaffinity chromatography, monoliths and IMERs Gabriella Massolini
Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences,
University of Pavia, Italy
Chromatographic Imers as Prototypes for Flow-Chemistry Applications 
Stéphanie Descroix
Centre de recherche de l'Institut Curie, Paris, France
Organ- and cell-on-chip Govind Kaigala
IBM Research Laboratory, Zurich, Switzerland
Microscale biochemical assays for multiomic profiling of tumor sections
Ana M. García-Campaña
University of Granada, Granada, Spain
Food, beverages, nutrition and health

Alberto Escarpa
Department of Analytical Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, University of Alcala de Henares, Spain

Tailored micromotors for analyte (bio)sensing in health applications.
Hong Heng See
University of Technology Malaysia, Johor, Malaysia
Miniaturized sample preparation techniques Pavel Kuban
Institute of Analytical Chemistry of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Brno, Czech Republic
Liquid phase microextraction of biological samples – from principles to automation
Frederic Zenhausern
University of Arizona, Phoenix, USA
Point-of-care devices, innovation in microfluidics, precision medecine Paul Wilmes
Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine,
University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Reverse engineering the human gut microbiome in health and disease
Frederic Robert
Sebia, Lisses, France
Philip Britz-McKibbin
McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada
Biomarkers; clinical, diagnostic
and forensic applications
Franco Tagliaro
Unit of Forensic Medicine, Department of Diagnostics and Public Health, University of Verona, Verona, Italy
Capillary Electrophoresis application of Forensic Medicine and Science
Christian Neusüss
Aalen University, Aalen, Germany
CE-MS and advances in instrumentation Michael Ramsey
Department of Chemistry,
University of North Carolina, USA
Microchip CE: Characterizing Molecules Large-to-Small using Mass Spectrometers Large-to-Small
Marianne Fillet
University of Liege, Liege, Belgium
Pharmaceuticals and drug development Mike Roper
Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry,
The Florida State University, Florida,USA
Quantitative microscale analytical systems to aid in drug development
Pham Hung Viet
Vietnam National University, Hanoi, Vietnam
Environmental analysis Juliane Hollender
Department Environmental Chemistry, Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (EAWAG), Dübendorf, Switzerland
HPLC coupled to high resolution mass spectrometry has boosted environmental research
Lorena Dieguez
International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory, Braga, Portugal
Biosensors, instrumentation and applications Rita Asquini
Department of Information Engineering, Electronics and Telecommunications, Sapienza University, Rome, Italy
Current trends and applications in biosensors


Claudimir Lucio do Lago, Department of Fundamental Chemistry – Institute of Chemistry – University of São Paulo – Brazil

Claudimir Lucio do Lago is graduated in Chemistry at the University of Campinas (1986), from where also obtained his PhD working with the development of Analytical instrumentation (1991). This is also the central theme of his “Livre-Docente” thesis at University of São Paulo (1998). He was a visiting scientist at the Technical University of Munich (2013) and is a full professor at the University of São Paulo since 2014. Although his interests in instrumentation range from quartz crystal microbalance to mass spectrometry, the most frequent topic has been capillary electrophoresis. His group has contributed to the development of capacitively coupled contactless conductivity detection and concepts such as thermal marks and separated electrolysis. The development of instrumentation has been accompanied of the development of methods in a wide range of applications. Over the last decade, he has dedicated also to the study of hemiesters of carbonic acids or monoalkyl carbonates, for which purpose the development of new or improved analytical instrumentation is a must.

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Jarrod A. Marto, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Harvard Medical School

Dr. Marto is an Associate Professor in the Department of Cancer Biology at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, with a joint appointment in Pathology at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Dr. Marto also Directs the Blais Proteomics Center at the Dana-Farber. Dr. Marto received his Ph.D. in analytical chemistry at The Ohio State University with Alan Marshall in 1995 and then went on to postdoctoral studies at the University of Virginia with Donald Hunt, followed by several years in the biotech sector. Dr. Marto’s group at the Dana-Farber has made significant contributions to the fundamental development of 1-D, 2-D, and 3-D microcapillary, high performance liquid chromatography and the interface of these separation platforms directly with mass spectrometry. Dr. Marto uses these LC-MS/MS technologies to interrogate phosphorylation signaling and biochemical protein complexes as regulatory and organizational modules in the functional proteome. Dr. Marto uses similar approaches to interrogate the cellular activity of small molecule probes to uncover new pharmacologically-addressable targets and therapeutic pathways. Dr. Marto has published widely in the areas of analytical chemistry, advanced instrumentation, informatics, and cancer biology.

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Koen Sandra - Scientific Director and Co-owner, RIC, Kortrijk, Belgium - Visiting Professor, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium

Koen Sandra received a PhD degree in Biochemistry from the Ghent University, Belgium in 2005. After his PhD, he joined Pronota, a molecular diagnostics company where he was active in developing analytical platforms for disease biomarker discovery and in setting up external collaborations. In 2008, he joined RIC, a company that provides chromatographic, electrophoretic and mass spectrometric support to the chemical, life sciences and pharmaceutical industries, where he currently holds the position of Scientific Director. As a non-academic scientist, Koen Sandra is author of over 40 highly cited scientific papers and has presented his work at numerous conferences as an invited speaker.

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Gabriella MassoliniFull Professor of Medicinal chemistry and Pharmaceutical Analysis at Pavia University, Italy, where she leads the Pharmaceutical Analysis Lab.

Visiting scientist at Bradford University (UK) and associated professor at McGill University in Montreal (Canada) working with Prof. Irving Wainer. She is member of the PhD Teaching Council  in “Chemistry and pharmaceutical sciences” and for 10 years she was director of the PhD School. She served as Director of the Department of Drug Sciences of Pavia University  (2011-2018). At present she is member of the board of the Cluster in Life Sciences in Lombardia Region and of the board of Pavia University.

Editor of Chromatographia since 2006.

Professor Massolini has been active in all fields of separation sciences particularly in liquid chromatography and chromatographic-like techniques. Her main scientific interests involve the development of stationary phases based on immobilized proteins/enzymes. In particular, she carried out innovative researches on the exploitation of immobilized enzymes as bioreactors in liquid chromatography (flow-chemistry systems) and on the comprehension of interaction mechanisms for protein-based stationary phases. She has authored 107 peer-reviewed scientific publications and presented many invited lectures at scientific meetings.

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Govind KaigalaIBM Research Laboratory – Zurich, Säumerstrasse 4, CH-8803 Rüschlikon, Switzerland

Our vision is of a single platform of utility to researchers and diagnosticians alike to quantify and profile tumor heterogeneity.  Every organism is an expression of the fine balance between order and chaos. Tumor biology, not being exempt from this complexity, expresses ‘chaos’ in the form of heterogeneity, and overlooking it by averaging data across whole tumors often makes profiles inaccurate and their treatment ineffective. To address this particular challenge from a technological perspective, we introduced an open-space microfluidic technology called the microfluidic probe (MFP). The MFP enables biochemical assays at the microscale that can both deposit biomarker specific ligands and extract cells from tissue sections using hydrodynamic confinements. These comprise single or multiple biochemicals being injected and aspirated simultaneously so as to localize nanoliter volume liquids on um-length scale on an immersed surface without mechanical contact to the tissue. The continuous flow inherent to this system allows for rapid reaction kinetics and dynamic control over the location and area of interaction. In this talk, I will outline some of our efforts in trying to translate such techniques into current pathology workflows and obtain quantifiable genomic, transcriptomic and proteomic information from the same tissue sample, with interactive control over the ‘scale/spatial resolution’ of analysis.

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Dr. Alberto Escarpa is Full Professor of Analytical Chemistry at the University of Alcalá. He has received highly prestigious awards such the NATO Fellowship to perform postdoctoral research at the New Mexico State University (USA) in 2001, the "Young Investigator Award" by the University of Alcala in 2003 and the International Dropsens AwardBest research work in applied electroanalytical chemistry” (finalist) in  2015. He served as guest professor in international Universities and research centers such as University of California San Diego (EEUU), International Center for Young Scientists in National Institute for Materials Science (Tsukuba, Japón) or CIDETEQ (Querétaro, México). He is also Visiting Professor in the Buenos Aires University and in Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina (Peru). Prof. Escarpa is also member of the Collegium of the PhD in Food Science at Teramo University (Italy).

He is the leader and founder of the research group “Analytical Miniaturization and Nanotechnology” since 2003. His main research interests are analytical miniaturization and nanotechnologies, the exploration of new nanomaterials for optical and electrochemical (bio)-sensing, electrochemical microfluidics, lab-on-a-chip technology and self-propelled micromotors.

He has co-authored more than 150 peer-reviewed articles in leading international peer-review journals, 3 international patents and several book chapters, yielding an h-index of 41. He has recently been included in the top-1% of most cited chemists in the world, and in the top-145-ranked (#76) chemistry researchers in Spain. His works have been featured and highlighted in several occasions as cover in top journals (Angewandte Chemie International Edition, Chemical Science, Chemistry: European Journal, Lab on a Chip, Analytical Chemistry, Analyst) and social scientific media (Chemical World from RSC), Separations Now from Wiley) and C&EN news from ACS). He has also supervised 14 PhD students and several postdoctoral researchers.

He has edited and authored several books including Miniaturization of analytical systems: principles, designs and applications (Wiley, 2009), Food Electroanalysis (2015, Wiley) and Carbon-based Nanomaterials in Analytical Chemistry (RSC, 2019). He has given more than 40 invited talks in highly international meetings about microfluidics and miniaturization of analytical chemistry.

He has also organized several international congresses such as  I Workshop on Analytical Miniaturization and Lab on a Chip (WAM, 2008), VI Workshop Analytical Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (NyNA, 2013) or the 25th Latin American Capillary Electrophoresis and Microchip Technology (LACE, 2019).

He is member of the Editorial board of Electrophoresis, Applied Materials Today, Sensors and Journal of Nanobiotechnology. He has been Associate Editor for RSC Advances (2015-2019) and Associate Editor (2018-2019) for Microchimica Acta.

Since October 2019, he is Editor in Chief for Microchimica Acta.

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Pavel Kubáň graduated in Chemistry and Mathematics from Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic, obtained his Ph.D. degree from Mendel University, Brno, Czech Republic and his Researcher Professor degree from the Czech Academy of Sciences. Currently, he is the leading scientist at the Department of Electromigration Methods at the Institute of Analytical Chemistry of the Czech Academy of Sciences.

His work is devoted mainly to capillary electrophoresis, liquid phase microextraction techniques and to their coupling for direct analyses of complex samples. He is author of more than 100 scientific papers, reviews and book chapters and 60 contributions on scientific conferences. He is a member of the editorial board of Separation Science Plus journal (Wiley).

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Paul Wilmes is Associate Professor of Systems Ecology at the Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine (LCSB) of the University of Luxembourg, where he is head of the Eco-Systems Biology research group. He obtained his PhD in 2006 from the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of East Anglia in Norwich (UK), a part of his doctoral research having been conducted at the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology in Bremen (Germany). After three years of postdoctoral research in the lab of Jill Banfield at the University of California, Berkeley (USA), he returned to his native Luxembourg in early 2010 through an ATTRACT Fellowship of the Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR). He initially established his research group at the Centre de Recherche Public – Gabriel Lippmann but later joined the LCSB.

Paul's main primary research focus is on using Systems Biology approaches to identify key functionalities of microbial communities including human associated microbiota. His group has pioneered appropriate methodologies for carrying out systematic molecular measurements of microbial consortia over space and time. This allows for example to define lifestyle strategies of distinct populations and link these to genetic and functional traits. The same approaches allow the study of microbiome-host molecular interactions. In this context, his group has pioneered the development of a microfluidics-based in vitro model of the human-microbial gastrointestinal interface called HuMiX.

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Professor Franco Tagliaro is full professor of Forensic Medicine at the University of Verona in Italy, where he is head of the Section of Legal Medicine, Department of Diagnostics and Public Health and of the Unit of Legal Medicine of the University Hospital. He is the chairman of the PhD Program in NanoScience and Advanced Technologies.

Pr. Tagliaro was formerly visiting professor in the years 1995-2005 at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA, and since 2006 he is "professor on ad hoc contract" at the University of New Haven, CT, USA.

Pr. Tagliaro was ad hoc consultant of the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute, Roma, and ad hoc consultant of the UNDCP (United Nations International Drug Control Program, Vienna) for capillary electrophoresis; since 2016, he is Member of the International Panel of Forensic Experts of UNODC, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Vienna and from April 2017, scientific consultant at the Pharmacokinetics and Metabolomics Laboratory, I.M. Sechenov University, Moscow, Russia. 

He was member of the editorial board of "Journal of Chromatography B", and now of "Forensic Science International", "Forensic Science Journal", "Italian Journal of Legal Medicine". Since 2018, he is Associate Editor of "Medicine Science and The Law”.

Pr. Tagliaro research fields are capillary electrophoresis developments for forensic and legal applications, with extensive publications in international and national journals and books with international and national publishers.

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J. Michael Ramsey holds the Minnie N. Goldby Distinguished Professor of Chemistry Chair at the UNC - Chapel Hill.  He is also on the faculty of the Departments of Biomedical Engineering and Applied Physical Sciences. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of the Optical Society of America, the American Chemical Society, and the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering. Moreover, Dr. Ramsey is the scientific founder of Caliper Technologies (NASDAQ:CALP), renamed Caliper Life Sciences and acquired by PerkinElmer in 2011. He is also the scientific founder of the venture-backed companies 908 Devices Inc., a company developing revolutionary compact mass spectrometry and chemical separations-based products, and Genturi Inc., a genomics tools provider. Prof. Ramsey has published over 300 peer-reviewed papers (H-index = 64) and presented over 500 invited, plenary, or named lectures.  In addition, he has over 150 issued and 20 pending patents.

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Michael Roper obtained his PhD from Prof. Robert T. Kennedy in 2003 and then performed postdoctoral research with Prof. James P. Landers. Since joining the faculty at Florida State University in 2006, the Roper research group has developed powerful analytical systems for the quantitative measurement of small molecules and peptides secreted from cellular tissues with high temporal resolution. In particular, his group has examined the endocrine portion of the pancreas, islets of Langerhans, which are responsible for controlling blood glucose levels through the release of hormone peptides. Defects in the release of these hormones are found in numerous metabolic diseases, including type 2 diabetes; therefore, analytical tools that can provide insight into the pathways of hormone release are imperative for gaining a better understanding of the biology that controls glucose levels and possible therapeutic routes towards its amelioration. Dr. Roper has received the 2013 American Chemical Society Division of Analytical Chemistry’s Young Investigator Award in Separation Science and the 2018 Mid-Career Award by the American Electrophoresis Society.

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Prof. Dr. Juliane Hollender is the head of the department Environmental Chemistry at the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (Eawag) as well as adjunct professor at the ETH Zurich in the department Environmental System Sciences. After a master in chemistry and a PhD in environmental engineering, she worked for 10 years at the RWTH Aachen in Germany before she moved to Switzerland in 2005. Her research concentrates on the fate of organic micropollutants in the natural and engineered aquatic environment. She is especially interested in biological transformation of contaminants in the environment, bioaccumulation in aquatic organisms as well as non-target analysis using high resolution mass spectrometry to get a more comprehensive picture of the contamination of aquatic systems.

She is a member of scientific committees including the research council of the Swiss National Science Foundation and the steering committee of the network of reference laboratories, research centres and related organisations for monitoring of emerging environmental substances (NORMAN). 

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Rita Asquini holds a M.Sc. and a Ph.D. in electronic engineering and worked for Telecom Italia (now TIM) as a Network Engineer on Service Assurance of Communication Networks (1998-2000). Currently, she is Associate Professor in Electronic Engineering with the Department of Information Engineering, Electronics and Telecommunications in “Sapienza” University of Rome, where she has been Assistant Professor from 2008 to 2015 and Research Fellow from 2002 to 2008. She has been teaching the courses of Applied Electronics and Photonics Microsystems. Her main research interests include modeling, fabrication, and characterization of optoelectronic devices with liquid crystals, polymers and silicon structures. 

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